This morning at six, Henslow, Sewell, Bogey, Thring,
Violet and I went onto the breakwater and walked
there for an hour.—Edward Gibbon Wakefield,
constructing possibly the most evocative sentence in
the English language at Plymouth, October 1852,
before sailing to New Zealand.
Pressing hard for the title, however, would be this, from
the shipboard journal of C W Richmond, approaching
New Zealand earlier the same year: Mr Halbert has
Charlie and Cal and Toadie Groser and young Milner,
the ex-linen-draper’s man. Mr Neagle has Pope and
Johnston, Hal, Ar, Teddo and Brind.